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Bria Hartley may start for New York Liberty vs. Phoenix Mercury

New York Liberty's Bria Hartley watches practice during media

New York Liberty's Bria Hartley watches practice during media day at the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, N.Y. on May 1, 2017. Credit: Richard Harbus

North Babylon’s Bria Hartley could make her first start with the Liberty on Tuesday night in Phoenix.

Hartley, a guard, was listed among the probable starters to face the Mercury in the game notes released by the Liberty on Monday afternoon. The other probable starters for the Liberty are guards Shavonte Zellous and Sugar Rodgers, forward Tina Charles and center Kiah Stokes.

Hartley has played in both games for the Liberty this season but has yet to score. She is averaging 2.5 rebounds and 2 assists per game.

The Liberty announced on Friday that point guard Brittany Boyd, who started the first two games of the season, suffered a torn left Achilles tendon during the fourth quarter of the game against the Lynx on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Boyd was scheduled for season-ending surgery on Monday, according to the Liberty.

Hartley has made 34 starts in 85 games during her WNBA career. She was acquired by the Liberty from the Mystics in a three-team deal in January.

Tuesday night’s game in Phoenix is the start of a tough three-game stretch for the Liberty. The Mercury, however, will play without star Diana Taurasi, who is serving a one-game suspension. The Liberty play at Seattle on Friday night, which will match Hartley against fellow Long Islander and Storm guard Sue Bird, who is from Syosset. The Liberty are back at MSG on May 30 to host the reigning WNBA champion Sparks.

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